Author: Amy Bartol
This was my 52nd read of the year
I took a break from my Read The World while on vacation to read this one. Dystopian future books are my favorite genre, and my sister in law sent me a list of ones "not to miss". I hadn't read this one, so I figured I was due a break and could try it out.
This is the story of Roselle. She grew up the second child in a very powerful family. In her world, all secondborn children on their "Transition Day" are taken by the government to be servants on several levels for the Fatedom. At the age of 18, Roselle is slated to beomce a soldier for the Fate of Swords. She has been training her whole life to be an elite soldier, and her mother is finally glad to see her go.
While in the military, Roselle gets several allies. People have watched her grow up in the public eye her whole life, and there are many who believe she should be the next leader - not her first born brother. There are many that would do anything to protect her to see her mother and brother fall out of power. But is that Roselle wants?
This was a pretty good book. It is the first book of a trilogy, so I am going to have to make it a priority to read the next two whenever I need a break from my current challenge. It did have a lot of "Hunger Games" type aspects with the female protagonist, and how she is viewed. It was pretty well written, so I think it will be worth reading the next two books. It is a quick read, and many of the characters are likable, so I want to see this play out.
Check it out.